________________ CM . . . . Volume XXII Number 34. . . .May 6, 2016


Some Things I’ve Lost.

Cybčle Young.
Toronto, ON: Groundwood/House of Anansi, 2015.
32 pp., hardcover & pdf, $19.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-55498-339-1 (hc.), ISBN 978-1-55498-340-7 (pdf).

Grades 2-4 / Ages 7-10.

Review by Linda Ludke.

**** /4


Fig. 3

OBJECT: Wristwatch

LAST SEEN: Kitchen - top drawer with the elastic bands

Fig. 4

OBJECT: Umbrella

LAST SEEN: Front porch with the others


In Some Things I’ve Lost, award-winning artist Cybčle Young delivers a breathtakingly unique tour de force. On stark white backgrounds, 12 misplaced, everyday objects are itemized. With tongue-in-cheek scientific accuracy, each figure is numbered, identified and its last whereabouts is duly noted: “Fig. 4 OBJECT: Umbrella LAST SEEN: Front porch with the others”. Opening up the facing gatefold reveals a spectacular transformation. In four stages, the umbrella morphs into a giant jelly-fish-like creature. More surprises are in store as a sun visor changes into a sea anemone, a wrist watch becomes a spiky clam, and an empty guitar case blooms into a starfish. This eye-popping, surreal underwater universe has ties to the ordinary world, and observant readers can find the common details, like the lawn chair’s striped lattice strips showing up as patterns on the plant life.

     Cybčle Young is known for her intricate sculptures made out of Japanese paper, and her artistry is on full display in this book. The transformations are dynamic, and the energy and personality of each mysterious sea creature is conveyed. Some of the paper sculptures appear diaphanous, lending a delicate, otherworldly quality.

     Some Things I’ve Lost commands attention, and readers will not only be inspired by the creativity, but by the philosophy as well: “Where there’s an end,/ there’s a beginning. / Things grow./ Things change.”

Highly Recommended.

Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.

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